Miami 54, Georgia Tech 36

Rion Brown sparked Miami from its offensive woes with

back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Hurricanes ripped off an 18-0 run

to bury woeful Georgia Tech 54-36 Thursday in the opening round of

the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The teams combined to hit just 14-of-51 shots in the first half,

which ended with Georgia Tech on top 20-19.

But the Hurricanes (19-11) finally woke up, going ahead for good

when Shane Larkin led a fast break and passed off to Brown, who

spotted up for a 3 that made it 29-27. The next time down, Larkin

found Brown open again behind the arc for another trey. The

Hurricanes never let up, advancing to face No. 17 Florida State on

Friday.

Georgia Tech (11-20) ended a dismal first season under coach

Brian Gregory.